Greek tennis champion Stefanos Tsitsipas saw his plans for a personal Olympic medal in Japan crushed by France’s Ugo Humbert on Wednesday.
The Greek tennis player won’t continue on to the next round of the quarter semi-finals, as his performance against Humbert brought a 1-2 defeat.
Tsitsipas began the match with the best possible performance and took an easy win of 6-2.
Unfortunately, the second set proved much more difficult. Not only did Humbert ramp up his performance, but Tsitsipas was unfortunate too, as toward the end of the set he became injured.
Tsitsipas fell to the ground in obvious pain, and the match was paused. After a rapid inspection of the medical team present at the court, it was decided that the Greek champion could continue.
However, the second set had already been lost for Tsitsipas with a score of 6-7.
During the third set of the match, Tsitsipas fought courageously; however, his strength was not enough to triumph over his opponent and he lost it with a score of 2-6.
The match ended in Humbert’s favor, 1-2.
Sakkari’s Olympic Dreams Crushed on Tuesday
The other tennis champion of the Greek Olympic Team, Maria Sakkari, saw her own dreams for an Olympic medal this year crushed as well.
In her second match in Tokyo, Sakkari lost to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina on Tuesday. Sakkari won the first set 7-5 in a confrontation that was difficult for both players. However, she proved to be more determined and managed to get the set.
Unfortunately, the second set proved tone was more of a problem for Sakkari. A series of misfortunes and mistakes, along with the much better performance of the Ukrainian player, allowed the set to fall to Svitolina with a score of 3-6.
A similar pattern was followed in the third and last set, where the Greek champion lost 4-6.
Thus the match ended in Svitolina’s favor, 1-2.
Tsitsipas and Sakkari to Compete Together in Tennis Mixed Doubles
The solo paths to a medal may be blocked for both Greek tennis champions; however, Tsitsipas and Sakkari will also participate in the Mixed Doubles category on Wednesday.
The Greek duo will compete against Canada’s pair of Gabriela Dabrowski and Felix Auger-Alliasime.